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Author Archives: Nicolas Zart

Lynk & Co Reveals Superbly Connected Plug-In SUV (In China)

April 26th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Lynk & Co is finally revealing what it has been teasing for a year or so — its very first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). The Lynk & Co 01 PHEV SUV (enough acronyms for you?) wraps together its own experience with PHEV drivetrain systems and Volvo's


Lightyear Drops Its One Top To Show How It Was Designed & Produced

April 21st, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

An electric car that runs on sunlight is bound to get the press going and commenters seething about whether the possibility is practical or not. But even if the technology is not 100% there yet, is it not reasonable to pay attention to the early startups that could potentially become tomorrow's established electric vehicle (EV) and autonomous vehicle (AV) leaders? In a rarefied field, Lightyear proposes the One, an EV that runs on sunshine ... somewhat


Political Shenanigans Got You Down? These 5 Global Trends Are Positively Changing The World Right Now

April 18th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Reading, seeing, watching, or listening to what passes off as news these days can inevitably bring a sense of doom, uncertainty, and fear (FUD) that some politicians love to bathe in to justify their middlemen role and push whatever pet project they have for their business buddies. But there is also good quality news out there if you let independent journalists communicate what they know best, fields they master for the purpose of bringing more light to important matters


Is Siemens Positioning Itself As The Electric Aircraft Industry Standard?

April 18th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

It's hard to not bump into a story relating some sort of Siemens-supported electric vehicle (EV) these days. From trains to electric vehicle (EV) motors, the German international giant seems to be everywhere. When it comes to electric aircraft, Siemens seems particularly aggressive and ahead of the game, almost to the point of asking the question, is Siemens trying to corner the market and establish itself as the electric flight standard


Byton Opens Facility Near Los Angeles To Continue Following Its E-Mobility Dreams

April 17th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Byton has been discretely building the bits and pieces that all modern, hopeful electric vehicle (EV) startups need for a bright future. The company just recently announced that in order to expand its international reach and establish its brand recognition, it acquired a facility near Los Angeles, giving it a foothold in one of the biggest EV hotspots in the country


Self-Driving Cars Are Great, But Who Drives You When They Don’t?

April 12th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Technology is great and we often celebrate tech breakthroughs and ingenious advances as we wait for even better electric vehicles (EV) and autonomous vehicles (AV), aka self-driving cars. But using services also means dealing with interruptions and breakdowns. Simply put, everything breaks down and can leave you waiting


Is Converting Old Cars To Electricity A Collector Crime?

April 12th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Disclaimer: I'm writing an electric vehicle (EV) conversion book and come from a classic car collector background, where purity, provenance, and historical significance are the prime values. It wasn't until driving a Tesla Roadster that it became clear to me that the electric motor has more untapped potential and is a lot of fun to drive. That puts my purist nature at odds with my preference for an electric future


Testosterone-Packed KingKong Pro Electric Skateboard = Huge Smiles On Your Face (#CleanTechnica Review, Part 1)

April 9th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Disclaimer: up until now, I've always shied away from electric skateboard tests since the choice was limited with a quality that didn't appeal to me. In an industry that is just starting, one exception is the KingKong Pro electric skateboard (e-skateboard). I've been following of its successful IndieGoGo campaign, which is ending soon (hurry up if you want to jump into that, by the way), and then I landed a review board. As you can guess, 1,800 MW of power spells oodles of fun and smiles! Read on for more details and a short bloopers video


Current SF-to-LA High-Speed Rail Cost Estimate = $77 Billion

April 8th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Electric skateboards, bikes, mopeds, motorcycles, cars, trucks, boats, airplanes, and trains — no matter where we look, all aspects of mobility have been touched or will be touched soon enough by electric powertrains. Ironically, trains were early to electrify, but we're still behind the times in the


To Lease or Not To Lease (EV Batteries)

April 8th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

To lease or not to lease, that is the question. And it has been the question running in the minds of many carmakers as they ponder how to turn their gasoline car business model around to embrace the relatively low-maintenance electric vehicle (EV)


Self-Healing Lithium-Metal Anodes for Higher Energy Density Batteries

April 6th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

As part of the ever-evolving improvement of battery technology, there's a lot of anode research going on around the world. One idea is to replace commonly used graphite with lithium metal for the anode, and that may have just gotten a notable boost thanks to some research out of New York State's Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Is Sion Power’s Licerion Lithium Battery What The Electric Aviation World Has Been Waiting For?

April 2nd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

It sounds as if the electric aviation news industry has somewhat tapered down, giving a chance for other competing electric mobility industries to make it into the limelight. But that doesn't mean that the electric aviation industry is sitting idly either. In fact, Sion Power just announced a "breakthrough" in its Location Lithium battery chemistry



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